Oct 17, 2010
Last week, I applied to the Elisabeth Events Design to Dream Wedding Contest. We had to write our story and send in a photo. On Monday morning, I woke up to the best e-mail ever saying that Jarno and I were Finalist #5!!
Voting ends Wednesday, October 21st, 2009!!
This is what I wrote:
I haven't gotten around to really start planning the wedding yet. Jarno and I have some ideas of what we want but I just feel a bit overwhelmed financially and emotionally when it comes to planning. This would take some of my worries off.
It would be so amazing if we won (I'd certainly be a bit bummed if we didn't) but when it comes down to it, I am so very happy with Jarno that sometimes I can't even speak.
Thank you so much to everyone that voted and posted on the PW Forum posting. I appreciate your support so much!! I am so loving how friendly and supportive of each other the members of Project Wedding are. You ladies are all amazing and I love reading everyone's stories!!!
Unfortunately we didn't win, but it was nice to be included as finalists in the contest. :-)
On August 2, 2009 - Jarno proposed to me on the top of the Grossglockner Mountain in Austria in the Forever Snow (year round snow). I said yes of course.
That Sunday, we decided to hike up the Grossglockner Mountain, so we drove up the mountain, there were something like 36 hairpin curves. We stopped by an amazing waterfall.
We made our way as far as we could driving and then began an hour long steep hike up the mountain. Jarno is a Dutch Marine and is obviously physically fit, I on the other hand am from New York and have hanging out at bar and eating out at restaurant training.
Jarno was ever so patient with my slow hiking pace up the rest of the mountain. He held my hand and slowed down and made sure I had enough water (man, I sound like a grandma!).
We finally made it to the top where the Forever Snow was and we sat down and Jarno looked at me and told me to stand up. Then he got down on one knee and said, “Will you be my wife?” I was completely and utterly floored.
Of course without a doubt, I said Yes. I think that was probably the happiest moment of my life.
Jarno and I met in February of this year while I was on holiday in Belize and he was in a training exercise with the Dutch Marines. We met at the one night club in San Pedro, La Isla Bonita. Dancing led to a walk on the beach and then talking (ok and maybe a little kissing) until 4am. He was chivalrous and walked me back to my hotel with a promise to meet me the next morning. He showed up again on the beach and we spent all day talking and had perhaps the longest 3 hour lunch conversation. We of course exchanged information. Then he was back to Belize City for some more military training and I was on a plane back to New York City (where I was born and raised).
I was disappointed and thought I would never see this man again. When I got back to New York, I received a phone call from my Dutch Marine. He said, "So what do you think about my coming to New York for a visit?" I was surprised but thrilled at the same time. Three days later, he was on a plane. I met him at JFK airport and was so surprised - here was this man that I met in Belize who is from the Netherlands standing in JFK about to come and stay with me in my tiny New York City apartment for a week. I seriously thought a black hole was going to open up. But it didn't and he was really there - we did what all couples who have traveled halfway across the world for each other do, we had a big movie kiss right in the middle of Terminal 4.
The week he was in New York, Jarno and I wandered around the city and he played tourist (it was after all his second time to the States) and I played tour guide. I took him to my favorite pizza place (Pomodoro on Spring and Mulberry), we walked the Brooklyn Bridge (my very first time as well), watched the skaters at Wollman Rink in Central Park, sat for hours and talked on a park bench in Union Square Park. By the time he had to go, I knew that I just wasn't ready to say goodbye.
On August 2nd of this year, Jarno proposed to me on the top of the Grossglockner mountain in Austria in the Forever Snow. He said, "We are closer to heaven to your mother, and she is watching us. We are in the Forever Snow, like our Forever Love. Will you be my wife?"
From New York City to the Netherlands.
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